Ontario photographer shooting teddy bears to capture life in isolation

Apr 17 2020, 8:02 am

As the era of physical isolation carries on, creative types are finding new ways to cope with the strange turn day-to-day life has taken.

One example is Ontario photographer Joseph Leduc, who, instead of snapping pictures of people, has turned to capturing teddy bears.

For the Brighton-based artist, the stuffed animals serve as a playful way to highlight the new ways of life that individuals are adopting while stuck inside.

Stuffed bears are a quintessential at-home item. In fact, it’s rare you’ll see one outside of living quarters, save for when a small child won’t dare go out into the world without theirs.

Combining the cozy essence of the indoors with day-to-day human behaviour, the photos Leduc captures are funny, earnest, and somehow, heartbreaking.

Whether his bears are doing dishes in a kitchen filled with toilet paper rolls, crashed on the couch surrounded by snacks, embarking on a solo stroll, or wishing they could be closer to their loved ones, Leduc’s photos make these familiar stuffed animals feel ever so human.

Here, have a look for yourself:

 

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Social distancing Dear project self isolating project.

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Oops did I do that. Self isolating cooking class.

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Looking for the cure. Self isolating project.

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Walking in the woods. Self Isolation project.

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Stop stay Back remember the six foot rule. Now go wash your hands.

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Honey Do List has no excuse but now that I have the time I am quarantined and can not get materials. My self isolation Bear project.

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